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Bird migrations on radar

This is the time of year when many birds are moving north for the summer.  The flocks show up beautifully on Doppler radar.  Cliff Mass shows radar images of bird movement in the Pacific Northwest in his blog at http://cliffmass.blogspot.com/2016/03/bird-migration-on-radar-what-weather.html.  Smithsonian magazine also has an article describing how the birds are…
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Unexpected effects of climate change on agriculture

A recent study by Brown University scientists suggests that impacts of climate change on agriculture might be worse than expected.  You can read about the study at https://news.brown.edu/articles/2016/03/matogrosso. The scientists used satellite analysis of land use changes and studied cropping patterns in the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso.  They showed that an increase…
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More than 13 million people could have to leave the coast by the end of the century

A recent article in Nature Climate Change by UGA scientists Mathew Hauer and Deepak Mishra and former UGA scientist Jason Evans highlights the severe impacts that rising sea level is expected to have on coastal populations in the US (the abstract is here).  The scientists show that based on current…
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Is this “The Year without a Winter?”

NOAA released their winter climate statistics yesterday.  They showed that for the lower 48 states, this past December through February was the warmest since records began in 1895.  The exceptionally warm December really boosted the temperatures this season.  It was Alaska’s second warmest winter, with averages more than 10 degrees above…
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Breathtaking pictures of Earth from the Space Station

In honor of Astronaut Scott Kelly’s return to Earth after almost a year in the International Space Station, I thought you might enjoy this selection of images of our planet that he took during his stay in space.  Several of them include big weather events.  You can see them at http://www.marketwatch.com/story/the-most-breathtaking-photos-from-nasa-astronaut-scott-kellys-year-in-space-2016-02-26?link=MW_home_latest_news….
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